JASPER JOTTINGS Week 39  - 2016 Sep 25   

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: Guardian Angel cat perhaps?



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Mysterious Cat Rescues Injured Tourist From Swiss Mountains
by McKinley Corbley - Sep 1, 2016

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Dogs may be man’s best friend, but this Hungarian tourist would have had to spend a frosty night in the mountains if it hadn’t been for this friendly little feline leading him to safety.

Reddit user Sc4s2cg had sprained his ankle on one of the many mountain trails of the Bernese Oberland in Gimmelwald, Switzerland. The path that led back to his hostel had just been closed, leaving him lost and stranded in the Alps.

That’s when a black and white cat crossed his path.

“[The cat] was just wandering around, [then] found me while I was resting from a hike,” the traveller said.

“Then he was walking and kept looking at me to follow [and] led me straight to the path that would take me back down to the valley.”

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A Guardian Angel cat perhaps?

Can there be other explanations … … sure!

But I prefer this one.

And, I hope that anyone, who’s lost in any way, can have an Angel in any form to guide them to safety.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JNEWS: Roth, John [MC1970] runs in Mahwah



September 15, 2016 Last updated: Thursday, September 15, 2016, 12:31 AM
Incumbent, two councilmen seek top elected position in Mahwah
By Tom Nobile STAFF WRITER | Mahwah Suburban News

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Roth, 68, was born and raised in Lower Manhattan, moving to Mahwah 23 years ago. He graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Roth's foray in community service began 19 years ago, serving for five years on the Board of Education, followed by a two-year appointment to the Planning Board. In 2004, he was elected to the Township Council, serving twice as its vice president and four as president.

He presently serves on the Community Cable TV Committee, and is member of the Senior Center’s Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the Bergen Highlands Rotary Club. On the council. he is liaison to the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Outside of his community service, Roth had a 40-year career in marketing/communications. He retired as an executive vice president at Lowe Worldwide.

He lives with his wife of 27 years, Andrea. They have two children, Jeffrey and Brian.

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Roth, John [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1970.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Roth, John [MC1970]

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JNEWS: Breen, Chris [MC2006] AAD Georgia Tech


Georgia Tech Adds Three Assistant Athletics Directors
Longtime staffer Breen promoted; Lancaster, Markos join athletics administration
Sept. 16, 2016

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THE FLATS - Georgia Tech athletics announced the addition of three new assistant athletics directors on Friday. Chris Breen, a member of Georgia Tech’s athletics staff since 2011, has been promoted to assistant A.D. for academic support services while Elizabeth Lancaster and Lance Markos join the Yellow Jackets as assistant A.D. for events and facilities and assistant A.D. for compliance, respectively.

Breen is in his sixth year at Georgia Tech and 11th year in the academic support services field. He came to Georgia Tech in 2011 as an assistant director of student support services before being promoted to director in 2014. He works directly with Tech’s football student-athletes.

Prior to his arrival on The Flats, Breen spent five years as associate director of academic support for student-athletes at Seton Hall University, where he worked specifically with the Pirates’ men’s basketball program. At Seton Hall, he received the President’s Award for Student Service in 2010.

Breen played linebacker as a football student-athlete at Fordham University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2002. He was a team captain as a senior in 2001 and went on to coach Fordham’s linebackers for two seasons (2002-03). As an assistant coach, he helped lead his alma mater to the Patriot League championship in 2002. He received a master’s degree in counseling from Manhattan College in 2006.

“Chris’ impact within the academic support program for our football student-athletes set the ground work for the vital role he now plays with all sports and student-athletes,” associate A.D. for academic support services Phyllis LaBaw said. “He exemplifies the shared vision of providing a level of support whereby our student-athletes will flourish and backs it by an everyday focus on teamwork, respect, perseverance and honest hard work."

“I am fortunate to work at a place where I can collaborate with talented team members and work with exceptional student-athletes, year after year. I’m looking forward to continued success for Georgia Tech athletics’ academic support team and leading an unparalleled staff,” Breen said. “Thank you to Phyllis, the entire GTAA student-athlete academic support services team and our administration and coaches for this opportunity and their continued support.”

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Breen, Chris [MC2006]

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JNEWS: Hill, Robert [MC1979] Former UoP Vice Chancellor honored



Former Pitt Administrator Robert Hill to Be Honored
Posted September 16th, 2016

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PITTSBURGH—Former University of Pittsburgh Vice Chancellor Robert Hill—who brought his unique talents in public relations, marketing, and advertising to Pitt from 1999 through 2013—will be honored by the Pitt Alumni Association African American Alumni Council (AAAC) from 11 am to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in the University Club, 123 University Pl., Oakland.

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Hill earned a certificate in management at Harvard University; a Master of Science degree in management from Manhattan College; and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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Hill, Robert [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that Robert received his Masters in 1979.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Hill, Robert [MC1979]

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JEMAIL: Gallaher, Peter “peardarban” (MC1965) finds Alma Mater mention


Gallaher, Peter “peardarban” (MC1965)

The article mentions the school I graduated from in 1965. The short sentence or two mentions one of the reasons I have, for several decades chosen to support other schools than the one I once affectionately referred to as my Alma Mater.

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In 2015, the NLRB issued a “Certification of Representation” allowing adjunct professors and lecturers at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Earlier that same year, adjunct faculty at St. Michael’s College of Vermont voted in favor of joining the SEIU, and the NLRB ordered its regional officials to reconsider labor disputes involving employees at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., St. Xavier University Chicago, and Seattle University. School leaders had attempted to block unionization, claiming that such efforts posed a threat to their schools’ religious character.

Sadly, some had already sacrificed their religious character. It’s difficult for St. Mary’s to claim that its faculty supports Catholic teachings when the school has honored abortion proponents like Amy Richards, who visited the Catholic campus to positively proclaim her decision to “selectively reduce” two of her three unborn children.

Manhattan College is also an easy target for the NLRB. Religious studies professor Judith Plaskow published a book arguing that “heterosexism is the fundamentally religious endorsed form of oppression.” Two of Seattle University’s philosophy professors published A Brief, Liberal, Catholic Defense of Abortion, in which they argue that performing an abortion on a non-sentient fetus is like removing plant life.”

In each of these cases, the NLRB has judged that the institutions had distanced themselves so far from the authority and teaching of the Catholic Church that they no longer merited government recognition as religious institutions.

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JNEWS: Ucan, Veysel [MC????] at Albany's Turkish Cultural Center



Failed coup in Turkey hits Albany's Turkish Cultural Center
Split loyalties cited as Albany Turkish center loses sole employee
By Paul Grondahl
Published 8:27 pm, Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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"He's a peaceful man who had nothing to do with the coup attempt. They have no evidence for their accusations," said Ucan, 38, who emigrated to the U.S. from Turkey in 2001.He earned a master's degree in computer engineering at Manhattan College. This summer he became a naturalized American citizen. He and his wife have two children and live in Delmar. He is looking for a new job and hopes to stay in the area. He'll volunteer for the organization that formerly paid him, although many of the 250 local Turks are fearful of association with a Gulen-linked organization because of Erdogan's power.

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Ucan, Veysel [MC????]

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MOBIT: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) reports Mrs. Lillian O'Leary, Spouse of Neil O'Leary '60 BA


RE: Mrs. Lillian O'Leary, Spouse of Neil O'Leary '60 BA

 Goodd Morning All,
It is with sadness that I share the news of the passing of Mrs. Lillian O'Leary. She was called home early this morning after suffering with ALS for the past three or so years. Neil, a good friend to several of us, was in touch today with George Skau  and George reached out. Please keep Lillian, Neil and their family in your prayers. Lillian was a wonderfully upbeat and generous lady who when you met her, she had an inner light that left you smiling and feeling happy to have met her. We remember Lillian and pray for her. We pray for Neil and their Family that they find peace in the certain knowledge that Lillian is at peace in God's Eternal Embrace.
I will share services information as I receive it. Thank you George. Thank you all. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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JNEWS: Miranda, Michelle [MC????] Assoc Prof at Farmingdale SC



Farmingdale State College Hosts Oct. 4 Lecture on Forensic Analysis of Tattoos in Helping Solve Crimes

September 21, 2016by

Lecture is first in a series featuring professionals in law enforcement, security, and criminal justice

(Long Island, NY) How forensic experts analyze tattoos and tattoo inks in helping solve crimes and identifying individuals – living and dead – will be the subject of a lecture at Farmingdale State College Tuesday, October 4.

The talk – 11 a.m. – noon in Lupton Hall Room T101 – is being given by Dr. Michelle Miranda, associate professor in the college’s Department of Security Systems & Law Enforcement Technology, and a forensics consultant.

Michelle Miranda, Associate Professor at Farmingdale State College. Photo Credit: Farmingdale State College.

Dr. Miranda is a graduate of Manhattan College, where she majored in biology with the intention of going to medical school.  That changed when a molecular biology course exposed her to forensic science and DNA analysis.  Later, she attended a lecture by an official from New York City’s chief medical examiner’s office, and from that came an internship at the medical examiner’s office. After completing her MS in Forensic Science at City University of New York, she spent five years with the NYPD forensic investigations unit, and from there worked as a medical photographer for the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office and a death investigator for the medical examiner in Rockland County.

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Miranda, Michelle [MC????]

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) reposts Lovett, John [MC1973] return to Alma Mater


Good Morning All,

Some good news for Jasper Track as we welcome back Hall Of Fame Inductee, John Lovett '73. I thought you might enjoy reading this release. Thank you Tom Delaney for sharing it. I missed it. Good one this. God Bless..
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Link to article : http://www.gojaspers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=211181592&DB_OEM_ID=12500
Article :
John Lovett Returns to Manhattan As Assistant Coach
Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 09/21/2016
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RIVERDALE, NY – Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame member John Lovett ’73 has been named an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s cross country/track & field programs.  The 1997 Hall of Fame inductee ran on the Jaspers’ world record-setting distance medley squad at the 1973 NCAA Indoor Championships, which clinched the team title for Manhattan.
“I’m glad to be back at Manhattan,” Lovett said.  “This is an exciting time for the school and the program, and I’m excited to be a part of it.  I’m very fortunate to work with Kerri (Gallagher).  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, having set school records in high school & college and now running at the elite level.”
While at Manhattan, Lovett was a five-time All-American and two-time IC4A champion.  He also won four straight Metropolitan Indoor Championships in the 1000 yards.  At the 1973 NCAA Indoor Championships, Lovett ran the leadoff half-mile leg in the distance medley relay.  He posted a split of 1:53.2, as the Jaspers set a world record (9:43.8) in the event.  Manhattan went on to win the team championship, its first national title in any sport.
He returns to Riverdale after a successful 16-year career as the head coach at Bishop Kearney High School in Brooklyn.  Lovett guided the Bishop Kearney cross country team to five Brooklyn Conference championships and three Brooklyn/Queens titles.  He also mentored individual Brooklyn/Queens champions in both indoor and outdoor track & field, as well as cross country.  Kerri Gallagher, Manhattan’s Head Coach for Cross Country, Mid Distance and Distance, attended Bishop Kearney, where she was coached by Lovett.
“We’re beyond thrilled to have John join the staff,” Gallagher said.  “His experience with Manhattan cross country and track & field is unique and a great resource for our young athletes, giving them a link to our great tradition.  As an All-American and Hall of Famer, he knows how to excel training and competing in New York City.  On a personal level, I’m excited to work with the man who introduced me to running, and I’m looking forward to sharing that with our athletes.”
In addition to the distance medley relay, Lovett still holds the school record in the indoor two-mile relay.  He also set two individual school records (880 yards, 1000 yards) during his time at Manhattan and represented the United States in an international meet against the Soviet Union in 1972.

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) reports on the retreat


Dear John,

            Attached is a copy of the Group Picture from the 25th AnnualManhattan College Businessmen's Reality Retreat. Over 50 JASPERS and their relatives and friends were present for the inspiring weekend.

                The highlight for many was Saturday afternoon whenthere was an opportunity to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation(Confession), receive the Sacrament of the Sick (Anointing) and,at Mass, receive the Eucharist!

             As usual the Speakers were outstanding and manyleft on Sunday morning to meet the challenges of the rest of the year with new hope and faith.

     We all look forward to next year.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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ENDNOTE: Massachusetts wants a parish fish fry to be considered “secular"?


Dear CV Friend,

Massachusetts wants a parish fish fry to be considered “secular.”

Why does this matter?

Because if a fish fry is a “secular” activity, then the religious organization hosting the fish fry loses its freedoms.

That means Massachusetts would remove religious freedom exemptions when religious people or organizations do anything that is not considered inherently “religious.” A parish could only host a fish fry if they have bathrooms which accommodate transgendered persons.   

The official Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination’s Gender Identity Guidance released just last week said:

Even a church could be seen as a place of public accommodation if it holds a secular event, such as a spaghetti supper, that is open to the general public.

Whatever happened to our First Amendment right to religious liberty?

This latest proposal is exactly the reason why I wrote this short pamphlet Catholic... or Criminal? 8 Real Threats to Your Religious Freedom.

The threats to our religious freedom are real. You deserve to know what is happening in our country. And so does everyone you know. We have to get the word out ASAP.

That’s why I want to mail you this pamphlet -- or several copies of it -- as soon as possible.

Click here to get your copy of Catholic... or Criminal? 8 Real Threats to Your Religious Freedom!

Just look how aggressive Secular Elites have become in trying to force Americans -- including faithful Catholics -- to conform to their worldview. Just recently, the ACLU decided to sue Catholic hospitals to force doctors and nurses to perform abortions. Government employees, even volunteers, have been fined and jailed -- in the United States of America. It’s simply outrageous what is happening!

This is why we are fighting together for religious freedom. But first, it’s important to get the truth out. Everyone must know the facts about the real attacks on our religious freedom happening right now...

Help us distribute copies of this powerful pamphlet to Catholics across America!

Education is everything. If everyone who receives this email distributes just 20 of these pamphlets to concerned friends and family, we’ll go a long way toward making sure the Catholic vote is informed about the attacks on religious freedom in our country as we speed toward the November elections.

Sure, I’ll help distribute 20 pamphlets!

Thank you for your dedication to freedom.

For Life,

P.S. If you would like to order more than 20 copies of the pamphlet to distribute to your parish, or to friends and family, contact Monica at info@catholicvote.org.
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For those that say “religion is not under attack”, I offer this as an example.

The “Secular Progressives” will not stop until Gooferment is KING over all things.

Feel free to ignore it, but Socialism, aka Communism Lite, is on the march.

Look at the male “refugees” streaming into Europe and immediately getting on the dole.

Obviously, the first step is to eliminate Gooferment Welfare. (It’s a trap to brainwash folks into relying upon the Gooferment!)

Dona Nobis Pacem

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